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's platform for economic growth stand out from countries all around the world. president obama's 100,000 strong in the americas initiative will create even more opportunity fo finally, we know we have a responsibility to continue to address our security challenges. we're going to continue to affect close security cooperation, respect for human and civil rights. we understand those are deeply enshrined in both u.s. and mexican constitutions. we know that citizen security is critical to the people of both of our countries. it's really good to welcome you here to washington. i look forward to our conversation. i know president obama is very much looking forward to his trip to mexico in may and meeting with the president. there we will be able to solidify some of the things we're talking about today. welcome to washington. thank you for the extraordinary partnership that we share. >> thank you, sir. good morning, ladies and gentlemen. allow me to express once again the solidarity of the people and government of mexico with united states, with the horrific incidents that took place last m
as wick as possible. >>> harrowing accounts. coming up president obama says those responsible for the marathon bombings will feel the full weight of justice. we'll have a full report from washington. you may be waking up to a heightened state of security where you live. why are so many cities stepping up their protections. you're watching a special edition of "early today." >>. >> announcer: "early today" is brought to you by advil. make the switch to advil now. . >>> flags are flying at half-staff in washington as lawmakers on capitol hill amend their schedules in response to what some are calling an act of terror. today members of the intelligence committee will be briefed by homeland security and the fbi on explosions at the boston march on the. nbc's tracie potts is live in washington with more. >> reporter: good morning. right after this happened capitol police went into action. they are warning visitors to the capitol complex to expect more police presence, visible presence today. as you noted some lawmakers have already been briefed, others get more details on this inve
it occurred and mr. obama didn't mention terrorism then. aides say the president has been briefed regularly by senior homeland security advisors but on this day he said there is plenty we still don't know. >> who carried out this attack or why, whether it was planned and executed by a terrorist organization. foreign or domestic. or was the act of a malevolent individual. >> david axelrod says mr. obama may have avoided using the word terror monday, because the fact that it was tax day suggest that a homegrown attack. arizona republican senator john mccain feels the president is generally too reluctant to use the word terrorism. >> i always thought it was just utter foolishness not to use the word terrorist when we are talking about attacks that killed innocent civilians. >> by not immediately calling it terror, mr. obama recalled the two week long dispute after the deadly attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi whether it grew out protest of anti-islam film or planned as terrorist attack from the start. and his reference to terrorism less than a day after the boston attack may suggest a le
, but it was days after. >> letters don't arrive at the white house, right? it's not like the obamas are opening their own letters. this was an off site facility, the secret service. they run security for the first family. they were never in any threat, but it was part of a being on high alert, and let the facts drive who we're investigating. in oklahoma city, there was a lot of similar instances. >> do the two investigations affect each other as they're going on simultaneously? >> one is resources, but now because it's different locations, you'll have different heads. if they think they're related, there may be a move to create structure that there is a top person that everyone relays information to. it's too early right now. the senate letters and the white house letter -- it's just unclear you know at this teenage loun -- time how long they have been there. one could imagine if there was any suspicion if they're related, there will be a task force created. >> and we have dana bash reporting, you have been reporting on a suspicious package in the rotundra. >> we should change it based on infor
on assault weapons and high capacity magazines. and there are new security concerns at the capitol. a letter addressed to president obama field tested positive for ricin poison. the day after a letter was also sent to senator roger wicker also tested positive for the same substance. >>> we begin with new information about the deadly bombing at the boston marathon. as the president and first lady prepare to travel to boston on thursday. after much speculation this afternoon, the fbi has releasted a statement. they say, quote, contrary to widespread reporting, there have been no arrests made in connection with the boston marathon attack. we do know investigators have identified solid leads from video evidence, including images of a person or persons carrying and dropping bags at the bombing scene. now, these pictures from whdh show a bag near a trash can at the blast site. just one part of the key evidence that investigators are pursuing to try to find the perpetrators. right now, there are conflicting reports as to how close they are to identifying any individuals. we expect more at an fbi br
's going on at 1600 pennsylvania avenue. >> that's right, alex. president obama had a sweeping meeting in the situation room earlier today for about an hour with his entire national security team. updated and briefed on the evolving situation in boston. i can tell you that the white house is being very careful and very cautious in its reactions. because this is a developing story. i can also tell you that as of this hour, secretary john kerry, defense secretary chuck hagel and c.i.a. director john brennan are here for a previously scheduled meeting with the national security adviser. that is under way right now. that doesn't involve the president. will they discuss boston? that is certainly a high possibility giving the evolving events of the day. president obama has been briefed regularly throughout the day. and overnight. as the situation was developing. of course we have heard from the president, multiple times this week on monday. again on tuesday, we heard from him at that interfaith service yesterday in boston. will we hear from him again today? we don't know at this point. the w
's the latest you're hearing. >> that's right, chris. president obama was briefed overnight by his homeland security adviser lisa monaco. she will be briefing him again this morning, along with fbi director robert mueller. as well his attorney general eric holder. we've learned that president obama is going to this memorial service in boston, an interfaith memorial service to remember those victims of the -- of the bombing. those who were killed. those who were seriously injured. this will be at the cathedral of the holy cross tomorrow. it's going to be an emotional event. we've already sort of gotten a sense of maybe some of the, i guess stories that he may touch on. he was talking yesterday about how some folks who had run the marathon, even after going through that grueling race, went to hospitals to donate blood for people who were suffering, who were gravely injured, in the wake of the bombings. these are some of the certainly some of the tones, and some of the themes that he will be triking tomorrow, chris. >> our thanks to brianna keilar at the white house this morning. again, we hav
to identify and secure chemical weapons assets. obama made clear if assad knows under the command, chemical weapon, there will be consequences and they'll be ble.accountable the department of defense has in place to respond to the full of chemical weapons scenarios. the u.s. military is constantly and adjusting tactical military planning to account for rapidly shifting situation on the ground and prepare for contingencies, not only those associated with the chemical weapons, but also with spillover of violence across syria's borders that could threaten allies and partners. while i cannot discuss it in pen session, the reality is this is a complex and difficult situation as everyone on this committee knowles. killing of innocents by the tragic.egime is regime is in power. he opposition has not yet sufficiently organized itself militarily. or to think e obligation through any direct military action in syria. andould hinder humanitarian reliefperationmbhe united states in significant, uncertain military commitment. unilateral military action could train other key international partnerships. as
that got the great legislation from social security to healthcare to the civil rights act through the legislature. so you do. that the question with president obama, in my mind is not whether he could have gotten the four plus one republican, maybe that wasn't possible. even with 90%. the question i think this is where you and i in our conversations over many months have been frustrated, why 60? in other words did the president fail or perhaps -- did he do of his own agenda by acquiescing to senator reid, majority leader's reid failure and refusal to push filibuster reform so that 50 was enough to pass an agenda. that's where i feel the absence. >> john: that's the big question here. harry reid deserves a lot of the credit for this thing never getting to have the up-or-down vote the president so eloquently called for in his state of the union address. harry reid promised us filibuster reform. >> i'm with you. there is a lot of chatter and grievant among the punditry class. i say with some admiration, some scorn that this is where it has to be addressed. if we're going to get anyth
. the house and the senate passed the retraction of the bill in 20 seconds. and president obama signed it. they did it because of natural security. >> also, believe me. doi ent care about this issue. several newspapers about six months ago printed who owned guns in their addresses. where is their concern for security? two sets of rules. don't like it at all. >> rick santelli in chicago. bells about to sound across europe. they had a wild session. especially in germany today. we'll get details from simon right after the break. it's lots of things. all waking up. it's lots of things. connecting to the global phenomenon we call the internet of everything. ♪ it's going to be amazing. and exciting. and maybe, most remarkably, not that far away. we're going to wake the world up. and watch, with eyes wide, as it gets to work. cisco. tomorrow starts here. >>> there was a moment today where the dax fell almost 2% in about ten minutes. what's going on in europe? >> it's a very rough day in europe. a jolt of reality is the degree to which the european economy continues to fall away or the stock ma
are packages in that area. >> president obama promising to find boater's possible and bring them to justice. security tied around the country's airport, baseball stadiums and any place where large groups of people are gathered. >> stay with kron 4 is to continue to bring you the latest information on the boston marathon attack. we will be providing updates all morning here on the kron 4 morning news as well as our 24/7 news channel, has 193. >> it also on the latest informations on our web site kron4.com as well as our face book and twitter feeds. >> let us take a moment to get updated on the weather we can expect on this tuesday in the rest of the week. for that we will hand it over to erica beer . >> thank you james. >> the weather was howling and the winds were blowing. >> wind's at 50 mi. per hour. a wide range of '40's and richmond along the san mateo coastline. the wind has died down. a wind advisory has expired. it is a chilly start to the morning. some locations dropped into the upper '40's. frost a possibility for protective valley. >> it will be breezy this afternoon. temperatures
and chris. yes, president obama was briefed overnight by his homeland security adviser, lisa monaco. she will brief him again this morning, along with attorney general holder, and fbi director robert mueller. we have learned that he's coming to boston tomorrow. he will speak during that interfaith memorial service at the cathedral of the holy cross in boston. what is, of course, going to be an emotional event, as he strikes that consoler in chief tone that we've seen him, unfortunately, do on so many occasions where we've seen tragedy. we sue a little bit of this yesterday. he was talking about people who ran the marathon, and even after finishing such a grueling race, they went on to donate blood in the wake of those bombings. we, of course, as well are looking to the president when it comes to where this investigation that is being led by the fbi is going. and he has warned that this is something that may not be resolved quickly. >> and clearly we're at the beginning of our investigation. it will take time to follow every lead, and determine what happened. but we will find out. we will
the white house official that president obama was briefed overnight by his homeland security and counter terrorism adviser, lisa monaco. this has been happening overnight since the bombings in boston, but again he was briefed overnight to be brought up-to-date on the events happening there in watertown. we are told by a white house official we are still waiting to see if perhaps as this is very much a developing situation, the president as you know, it would not be likely that he would come out and make some sort of statement until all of the facts are kind of determined here. obviously, this is very much a developing situation. so we'll be keeping you up-to-date on exactly president obama's briefings. very likely what's going to happen later this morning is he'll be briefed not only by lisa monaco but also likely by his attorney general, eric holder, and the director of the fbi, robert muller, because the fbi is taking the lead on that. this is what we have been seeing in recent days since the bombings on monday. but he was kept up-to-date and briefed overnight as this quickly developin
michelle obama visited aaron last week. >>> san francisco police chief greg suhr is considering a major new security move in the wake of the boston marathon bombings. alex savidge is joining us live to tell us you may be seeing more cameras out there on market street. alex. >> reporter: this is all being prompted by last week's terrorist attack at the boston marathon. and in that case we know surveillance cameras were key to catching the two bombing suspects. now already as we probably have seen, there are a lot of private security cameras up on buildings all along market street, but right now chief greg suhr is pushing to have more cameras installed. cams as that will -- cameras that will be monitored by the police department. it will give police a continuous picture of the crowds. now san francisco already does have cameras that are set up in high crime areas but police don't monitor them in realtime. they only take a look at the video after a crime is taken place. now the chief is planning to present this idea from market street cameras during an upcoming hearing on event safety. supervi
? there was a whole host of questions for national security that would be improved if we had answers to. but once again the obama administration really rushed in to let him know he has a right it remain silent and to make sure there was a public defender there. you can be sure now that we won't be able, as you have been discussing, to go the answers to those questions. >> what i thought was interesting, if i understand senator lindsey graham correctly, is what he was proposing is by making him an enemy combatant, that he would be turned over to the military to be questioned for a period, 30 days, and whatever he said during that 30 days could not be used against him when he gets turned back over for a federal trial. i think that's what he said. you know, which is different than what i think some people thought he meant originally. but anyway, i also thought it was interesting that the defendant is, according to the magistrate, and we have a copy of the transcript from the court hearing today, is that he is alert, mentally competent, and lucid. they did talk to him a little bit. i guess they might
that account. we appreciate it. >> tighter security in landmarks in washington and other cities. president obama says whoever is responsible will be caught. major garrett at the white house. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, charlie. overnight, president obama was briefed by top white house counterterrorism official lisa monaco, about the criminal investigation and the ongoing federal response. later today, the president will meet with monaco and robert muller quite likely mr. obama will address the bombings later today. although i must emphasize nothing official on the president's schedule. >> we should anticipate that as we get more information, our teams will provide you briefings. we're still on the investigation stage at this point, but i want to reiterate, we will find out who did this and we will hold them accountable. >> in a couple of hours, the president will receive the presidential daily briefing, the global summary of all intelligence and the president wants to know charlie what was learned overnight and what threats if any might be linked bac
with liberty and just for all. thank you very much, everybody. >> president obama speaking tonight. i want to bring in former new york mayor rudy giuliani, cnn national security analyst fran townsend, our senior legal analyst, jeffrey toobin also here, security consultant jeff beatty, veteran of the fbi and cia counterterrorism. also former massachusetts homeland security adviser julia heim, and national correspondent john king. mayor giuliani, let me start with you. a remarkable end to all of this. obviously the investigation continues, the wheels of justice move forward. but your thoughts tonight upon what you witnessed over the last 24 hours and all week long. >> well, i think the ending tonight which is really the end to the beginning was about as good as we could expect, right? the fact that he was captured, captured alive. possibility there to gather more information. law enforcement operated, as the president said, at the highest level you could possibly imagine. they worked together. seemed to all be seamless. i think this -- this part of it has in some ways given us some good news
york, security and individual lens was stepped up. a bigger uniform presence was added around the white house and pentagon. president obama said those responsible will feel the full weight of justice. >> we will find out who did this and why p they did this. any responsible individuals, any responsible groups will feel the full weight of justice. >> reporter: this evening in boston authorities offered few new details. >> the fbi is taking the lead in this invest sgags. it's criminal that is a potential terrorist investigation. comfortable racing weather for the runners ready to compete for personal glory or just the honor of it all. it's usually a joyous day off. today someone stole all of that killing and maiming innocence who can never forget the day they ran when the finish line was strong with crime scene tape. >> mat has made his way up to boston. good evening. >> reporter: those patients are in extremely good hands. this is a well regarded hospital. it's the oldest one level one trauma. i'm joined by three eyewitnesss to this tragedy. i'm happy to say they were not among the injur
into monday's bombing. we'll also talk to former senator joe lieberman about how security has changed in this country since 9/11. and former top advisor to president obama, david axelrod, about how the white house is handling this situation. >>> but we begin in boston where the back bay has been transformed into a crime scene sealed off for blocks and law enforcement try to determine who was behind monday's deadly attack at the boston marathon. of course this all began at about ten minutes to 3:00 on monday. about four hours into the race when an explosion went off just yards from the finish line. then about 15 seconds later a second explosion about 500 feet down the road. at least three people were killed in the blasts, one of them was 8-year-old martin richard whose father was in the race. his mother and sister suffered serious injuries. at least 126 people are still hospitalized. ten of them possibly as many as 17 in critical condition following the attack. >> there was cloud everywhere and, yeah, it was loud. it was really, really loud and then people just chaos everywhere. >> the
conference and president obama is about to make another public statement at any moment. >> reporter: in the wake of the boston marathon bombings, security is being stepped up from b.a.r.t. to beta breakers. we'll tell you more about that -- coming up. >> reporter: we're live in san jose where the family is grieving the loss of their little girl. we'll tell you what happened in this fire and the attempts to save her. [ engine revving ] ♪ [ male announcer ] every car we build must make adrenaline pump and pulses quicken. ♪ to help you not just to stay alive... but feel alive. the c-class is no exception. it's a mercedes-benz through and through. the 2013 c-class. starting at $35,350. >>> 8:29. happening right now -- president obama is scheduled to deliver a statement on the boston marathon bombings from the white house. we're looking at live pictures, obviously, report, the cameras are lined up -- reporters, the cameras are lined up. now, earlier we showed you here on "mornings on 2," the flag on top of the white house was lowered this morning to half staff as -- in memory of thos
, president obama will be here on thursday for an interfaith service. >> marci, it has been a day and a half since the bombings, what are you noticing about security right now? >> a very noticeable increase. the number of national guardsmen has doubled since race day. 1,000 national guardsmen here in boston. just an hour or so ago i took a walk and went a few blocks and we saw police officers on almost every corner. also mass transit they were doing random bag searches. so, a very noticeable increase to security here in the city. >> marci gonzalez reporting live from boston this morning, thank you. >>> the remembrances in boston will continue all week long. as marci mentioned tomorrow president obama will travel there where he will speak at an interfaith service. after meeting with domestic security team yesterday, the president went a step further than he did on monday, repeatedly calling the bombings an act of terrorism. >> any time bombs are used to target innocent civilians, it is an act of terror. what we don't know yet know, however, is who carried out this attack and why and whether i
in boston yesterday. here now president obama. >> good morning, everybody. i've just been briefed by my national security team. on the attacks in boston. we continue to mobilize and deploy all appropriate law enforcement resources to protect our citizens and investigate and to respond to this attack. obviously our first thoughts this morning are with the victims, their families, and the city of boston. we know that two explosions greatly wounded dozens of americans and took the lives of others, including an eight-year-old boy. this was a heinous and cowardly act. place, the fbi is investigating it as an act of terrorism. anytime bombs are used to target innocent civilians it is an act of terror. what we don't yet know however, is who carried out this attack or why. whether it was planned and executed by a terrorist organization, foreign or domestic, or, was the act of a malevolent individual. that is what we don't yet know. clearly we're at the beginning of our investigation. it will take time to follow every lead and determine what happened. but we will find out. we will find out whoev
security. >> janet napolitano was supposed to be speaking at a hearing right now but that has been postponed priorities are changing in washington. president obama was briefed overnight by his counter terrorism and homeland security advisories. earlier this week, he had said that the white house would not be disrupted to the ongoing investigation and that they wouldn't be speculating on anything. just hours before that deadly shooting that left one suspect dead, president obama was in boston speaking at an interfaith prayer service. then he and first lady michelle obama met with victims from monday's blast. i am still waiting to hear back from my contact at the white house this hour as to whether or not president obama could be speaking this morning. as of now the daily white house press conference with spokesman jay carney is still scheduled for 9 a.m. pacific. live in washington kyla campbell ktvu channel 2 news. >>> happening now, runners are hitting the streets of san fransisco. it's in honor of the boston marathon bombing victims. ktvu's tara moriarty was right there for the s
earlier this week. president obama in boston where the investigation continues. the fbi, according to fox's security team, considering, perhaps, releasing video showing one, possibly two suspects and perhaps a video of someone placing a bomb at one of the sites or a bag at one of the sites. there's an internal deliberation ongoing now as to whether the fbiments to make the images public. there's app investigation examining a battery used, perhaps in the bomb. it's a common battery sold in the united states, but sources telling fox news the battery was, tracted from another device and possibly placed in the bomb. the investigation there continues. meanwhile down here, the department of homeland security secretary updated the investigation's progress. >> we have been collecting video from a variety of sources, as you might imagine, at the finish line of the boston marathon. there's lots and lots of video. there is some video that has raised the question of those that the fbi would like to speak with. i wouldn't characterize them as suspects under the sec any call term, but we need the publi
designed bombs are often used by terrorists in afghanistan. a 2010 homeland security pamphlet included a specific warning about their use. as the flag at the white house was lowered to half staff. president obama used the words "act of terrorism" today.while talking about the tragedy. something he stopped short this was a heinous of actually saying monday. act the fbi investigating tears. the president made it clear that we still don't know if this was carried out by a foreign or domestic group.or even by an individual. also - the white house announced tonight the the president will for an interfaith for victims. over pictures and videosit shows the first it is next to a mailbox there is the mail box right there. and here we go that is the back. and looking all those people in the vicinity of that area. what we're now saying is that the bill up the bomb did golf. there's the mailbox that that right next to it, this is where the destruction was centered right in that area. hundreds of people, right in that small little area. meanwhile the fbi is also revealing this bill again that video
to citizenship for 11 mill illegals and does little to secure the u.s. border. we'll have a listen from a moment ago. >> the draft bill captures the core principles enunciated by president obama in las vegas and reflects the bipartisan spirit necessary to achieve comprehensive immigration reform. the bipartisan work reflected in this bill will strengthen security at our borders by funding the continued deployment of manpower infrastructure, air cover, and proven effective surveillance technologies along the highest trafficked areas of the southwest border. bill: chief congressional correspondent mike emanuel is tracking this live on the hill. mike, good morning to you. what has been her message so far? >> reporter: well, bill, secretary napolitano opened a bit talking about the boston attack a little over a week ago and she said that homeland security is committed to working with its partners to figure out what happened, exactly what steps can be taken to improve security and we'll draw lessons learned from the incident. she has spoken in favor of this legislation. the bipartisan gang of eight i
of the obama administration's response to the september 11th terror attack in benghazi, libya that left four americans dead. including the u.s. ambassador. national security correspondent jennifer griffin has details tonight from the pentagon. good evening, jennifer. >> greenk, bret. fox news has obtained a progress report prepared by members of the house republican conference on events surrounding the september 11th attacks in benghazi. it concludes the administration's reaction was, quote: a concerted attempt to insulate the department of state from blame following the terrorist attacks. the report was prepared by the chairman of the armed services foreign affairs judiciary oversight and government reform and select committee on intelligence. all of them republican. here are their initial findings after months of gathering testimony and reviewing internal interagency communications. quote: prior to the benghazi attacks, state department officials in libya made repeated requests for additional security that were denied in washington despite ample documentation of the threat posed by viole
breast priest -- press briefing- press briefing. meantime in washington president obama was briefed this morning on the boston investigation. the man had. we go to rich jensen at the white house with the latest. >> reporter: a very fluid situation. the national security staff convening about an hour-long briefing this morning that ended -t about -- probably an hour ago. we were supposed to get a briefing in new from the press secretary, just a regular is scheduled briefing, the daily briefing. that has been pushed off, postponed to a time to be determined. we are learning now also comes from capitol hill. his reporting, is senior source on capitol hill was brief but a national data terrorism center saying that police believed dzhokhar tsarnaev is still in the boston area and it is important they get all the time and do so live because they want to find out if this is something broader. there is another person involved those sources saying it is hard to believe that these two men operated from the bombing on without any help or training from anybody else. the fbi is looking into any
national is going to be -- >> yes. >> -- deported on national security? >> that's right. >> hang on because there was a report tonight that i found odd and that was obama was meeting with the foreign minister, prince, earlier tonight, and it was not on obama's schedule. >> that's interesting because this is the way things are done with saudi arabia. you don't arrest them, you deport them because they don't want to be embarrassed. >> nobody gets to be deported on national security grounds, especially after a terror attack, until we've concluded whether or not that person could have been responsible, right? >> well, the political immunity -- >> mark? >> he wouldn't have political immunity. >> all right. mark furman. >> the immunity of people that are connected to a consulate or related to people that are in the saudi government, i think that the united states government has a lot of discretion, and i think that they grease the wheel a lot because the saudis are one of our biggest allies in the middle southeast we want to keep them that way. >> excuse me, on national security grounds, if this
because as americans we refuse to be terrorize. >> president obama hailing the hero in boston. both police and citizens who helped capture the bombing suspect so quickly. he also said he has instructed the fbi and homeland security to use all resources available to provide the victims of the bombings with answers as to how and why this tragedy happened. many tonight wonder just who are the 2 young men believed responsible for so much horror? dan has reaction from people who knew them. >> profileer are baffled. 2 brothers suspected of carrying out the boston marathon bombings have been described as funny. smart kid. who loved america and areen capable of carrying out the deadly attack attacks. but authorities say 19-year-old dzhokhar tsarnaev and 26-year-old tamerlan tsarnaev did indeed plant the deadly pressure cooker bombs near the finish lane. neighbor describes dzhokhar dubbed by the fbi as suspect no. 2 as behaving nothing like a terrorist. >> this is so out of character from anything i know about this man. this young man. he couldn't have been more forthcoming. couldn't
of homeland security assisted in the investigation. >>> investigators have found no ricin in the home of a mississippi plan who is accused of mailing that poison to president obama and other officials. a hearing was held today for paul kevin curtis. a search of curtis's home this mississippi did not turn up any ricin or ingredients for making the poison. >>> the ricin-laced letters never reached their intended targets. curtis denied sending the letters. >>> four more victims have been named of last week's fertilizer plant explosion. 14 people died. the cause is still under investigation. today the white house announced that president obama and first lady michelle obama will attend a memorial service for the victims of the explosion on thursday at baylor university. the president will be in texas for a democratic fund-raiser and a dedication ceremony for former president george w. bush. the small town of west took a step forward toward getting back to normal today. for the first time since the blast, students returned to class in the town's elementary school and high school. teachers a
stories. there is tighter security at landmarks in washington and other cities. as you heard, president obama says whoever is responsible will be caught. major garrett is at the white house. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, charlie. overnight president obama was briefed by his top white house terrorism official on the criminal official and ongoing federal response. later today the president will meet again with fbi director robert mueller. white house officials tell us it's quite likely mr. obama will address the boston bombings later today although i must emphasize there's nothing official on the president's schedule. at the white house yesterday, mr. obama told the nation he would update them on any significant breaks in this case. >> you should anticipate that as we get more information, our teams will provide you briefings. we're still in the investigation stage at this point. i just want to reiterate we'll find out who did this, and we will hold them accountable. >> reporter: and just a couple of hours the president will receive the presidential daily briefing. that is the
, president obama vowed to bring anyone responsible to justice. >> we will find out who did this and we will hold them accountable. >> counterterrorism officials tell nbc news that multiple explosive devices were found at the scene. security remains tight in and around boston. residents being told to expect a continued heightened law enforcement presence as the city tries to come to grips with a violent attack in the heart of boston. and that was katie davis there with that report. now london's metropolitan police are reviewing security plans for this sunday's marathon after the explosion in boston. the minister told bbc the best way to show solidarity with boston is to continue the race as the french president has stepped up security around public buildings in this country and raised the threat level to red. >>> speaking earlier, it was said the long lasting impact of terrorist attacks are low. >> research into terrorist incidents over many, many years, their economic impact, their direct economic impact tends to be very, very small, indeed. a lot of good research done on this in israe
today and is mourning the death of one of its police officers. we can also tell you president obama was briefed overnight. on the series of events by lisa moniker, assistant for homeland security and counterterrorism. again, going back importantly to the details, what we do know about these suspects, which we can tell you from our very own pete williams is that they are in their early 20s, they've been in the u.s. about a year, and they have some military experience. that's all we feel comfortable reporting at this point. so, again, massachusetts institute of technology classes are canceled. the mbta transit service, which serves the greater boston area, including of course a lot of major financial firms is shut down on this friday. markets, though, shrugging it off or i should say not seeing any broad fallout. we're seeing a rally shape up in u.s. futures. we're seeing rallies across global markets. sovereign debt is performing well. here is a look at the latest on the dow, the nasdaq and the s&p. hire is a look, as well, as european markets. u.s. "squawk box" will be picking up th
with this administration is that their policies are failing. they do not believe that we're at war. >> the obama administration is failing? what you see there is the senator pivoting from legitimate questions about the fbi to using those questions to undermine the president and his entire national security policy. it's unfair and, more than that, it's wrong. while a terror victim, a fallen police officer, were being laid to rest, senator graham was on fox news to use the boston tragedy as an excuse to dredge up tired, old complaints about benghazi. >> what do i mean by upping our game? making sure that when the ambassador in libya tells the state department and the department of defense that al qaeda flags are flying over benghazi, i can't defend my consulate against a coordinated attack, that you do something about it. that when a consulate is under attack and an ambassador is missing for 7 1/2 hours you have the ability to go to their rescue. and after the fact you don't lie to the american people. >> lie to the american people? what does boston benghazi? that's not a clip from last year. that
about a security scare involving the poisonous substance risen that might have been sent to president obama and a senator. a father of four has been arrested. pierre thomas is here with the latest. pierre? >> reporter: good morning. a suspect identified as paul kevin curtis was arrested at his home in mississippi. the fbi says he's the man who tried to send two potentially poisonous letters to president obama and mississippi senator roger wicker. we're waiting final test results on whether the letters actually contained risen, a deadly poison made from beans. he describes himself on his facebook page as a karate enthusiast and elvis impersonator. he's facing serious charges. >>> during a public relations nightmare for months carnival cruise lines is spending $30 million ang improvements, an extra generator and upgrading fire safety systems. it follows a debacle in february when thousands of passengers were stranded in the gulf of mexico with no working bathrooms. finally, a high school baseball team beat an opponent 65-0. in a game that was called after three innings. >> no! >> yes. t
. as we heard, president obama came to boston today to attend a memorial service for victims of the bombing. hundreds lined up before dawn this morning, hoping to secure one of the 2,000 seats in boston's roman catholic cathedral of the holy cross. tight security blanketed the area and many were turned away. >> we have to live, we have to go on with our lives. we don't know why things happen and it could be any on eof us and i know we just pray and we just stay strong with each other. >> when i see stories, i get really sad, really sad. it bothers me on so many levels, but boston is tough. this city is tough, we'll get through it. >> brown: inside, prominent politicians, including massachusetts senators elizabeth warren and mo cowan and former governor and presidential candidate mitt romney, joined in honoring the bombing victims. mayor thomas menino, who missed the marathon because of a broken leg, praised boston for its strength in the face of the tragedy. >> nothing can defeat the heart of this city. nothing. nothing will take us down because we take care of one another. e
between the obama administration and some of the republican -- sorry about this and what that means is the obama administration has said the criminal justice system can make this work, the criminal can handle national security risks like this person, terrorists have been prosecuted, moussaoui. this administration is committed to using the american courts there are some critics, like senator mccain, like senator graham, who say that's too big a risk, that we have too many protection, we have too many abilities on the part of these defendants not to answer questions that put all of us at risk but i don't think there's any chance the obama administration is going to change its mind and use something other than the criminal justice system for this case. >> because a lot of people are raising questions, they had apparently some explosive devices, some weapons, rifles, hand grenades, stuff that's pretty expensive. where did they get this material? where did the money come from that helped them purchase this material? that's why some of these republican senators, lawmakers, are asking for
the fortunately homeland security money that does help cities. >> all right, thank you. >>> and across the bay area, flags were flown at half staff today to pay respect to the bombing victims. today president obama ordered all flags at federal buildings to remain at half staff. >> now we're taking pictures and putting them up. >> and that can cripple crucial lines of communication during disaster. tonight we ask, how would your cell phone fare. >> how vandals are threatening the power supply for millions. >> you're going to need that heater coming up. if the winds die down, temperatures will go down to 35, san jose, down to 40. we are talking a warm up. find out when it gets here. >>> coming up at 6:30, how bay area students are cooking up a plan to survive our next big disaster. [ birds chirping ] [ inhales, exhales ] [ announcer ] cigarettes are not just dangerous when they're smoked. [ rat squeaking ] they're dangerous long after. cigarette butts are toxic. they release chemicals that poison our water... and harm wildlife. and millions... are polluting our environment. [ sniffing ] [ seagul
to the testimony of the secretary of homeland security. >> all right. senator chuck grassley, thank you so much for joining us. >> thank you. >>> a poisoned letter addressed to president obama. now the man who was accused of sending it is set free. we've got the latest in the ricin case. that's next. a new ride comes along and changes everything. the 2013 lexus gs. this is the pursuit of perfection. would absolutely not have taken a zip line in the jungle. i'm really glad that girl stayed at home. vo: expedia helps 30 million travelers a month find what they're looking for. one traveler at a time. expedia. find yours. >>> breaking news on a shocking turn in the investigation into ricin laced letters sent to the white house and to a mississippi senator. we learned a few hours ago the man accused of sending those letters has been released from federal custody as that was unfolding we also learned that another suspicious letter has turned up, this time at an airforce base not far from washington, d.c. first, the latest on the ricin case. paul kevin kurtis was supposed to appear in court today on c
two men. security has been increased in new york and los angeles. from the white house, president obama pledged to hunt down those reonsible. >> make no mistake, we will get to the bottom of this and we will find out who did this. we'll find out why they did this. any responsible individuals, any responsible groups will feel the full weight of justice. >> reporter: monday was patriots day in massachusetts, and the boston marathon is usually a day of celebration. for many, it will now be remembered as a day of shock, sorrow, and terror. boston will be back in business today except for this huge crime scene that extends behind me for about a mile, three blocks on either side, an area closed off to business owners and even residents who live in this area and savannah, we should note public transit passers have been warned there will be random searches on the "t" here of bags and other objects. >> lester in boston thank you so much. nbc's justice correspondent pete williams following overnight developments in the investigation. pete, good morning. it seems there is no clearer picture
filed a bipartisan immigration bill that would spend billions of dollars on border security and put 11 million people in the u.s. illegally on a path to citizenship. president obama calls the plan a very clear compromise. >>> overseas, full military honors this morning in london at the funeral of former prime minister margaret thatcher. queen elizabeth was there along with some 2300 dignitaries and guests. now, at thatcher's request there was no eulogy delivered. when the service was finished her flag-draped coffin was carried out as the crowd of mourners followed behind. >>> and we want to take a moment now to note the passing of a beloved member of our abc family. during his 35-year career preston davis supervised the technical side of virtually every major live event from presidential elections to monday night football. before retiring he launched the network's transition to high definition. a true role model and pioneer. he will be missed. preston davis was 63 years old. >>> and finally, the scandal-plagued former governor of south carolina who famously ran off to argentina to be w
don't know what any test results were on the obama letter. both letters were intercepted before they reached their intended address, the u.s. capitol building and the white house. moments ago, senator minority leader mitch mcconnell says that means that security systems that have been put in place worked. >> i would like to recognize the postal and law enforcement officials for their excellent work in detecting and preventing this threat before it even reached the capitol. they proved the proactive measures we put in place do in fact work. >> reporter: and this fbi operations bulletin we have excuse i havely obtained that all exposed individuals are asymptomic which means they're not sick. that is good news because ricin poison can be deadly and there is no antidote for it. jon? jon: any idea who sent the letter? >> reporter: this bulletin says the fbi is following up on multiple leads about potential senders but their investigation continues. last night we herd democratic senator claire mccaskill from missouri say, her understanding was that investigators were zeroing in on som
attest, would enhance our security for all the reasons that i talked about at the top. >> okay. -- i'll ask about the faa graham says he disagrees with the obama administration's decision not to prosecute the suspect as an enemy combat it. >> i understand we will have a moment of silence for the victims in boston. that is appropriate, and the president is right to lead that effort. quickly, to the families who have lost loved ones, to those breaks as a nation. to the people of boston, you make us proud by the courage you have shown. to the law enforcement officials and intelligence community, god bless you for your hard work and your bravery. iat brings me here today is have been informed that the obama administration has indicated this suspect in boston will not be treated as an enemy combatant. i strongly disagree with the obama administration's decision to rule out the combatant status for the suspect at this time. i believe such a decision is premature. it is impossible for us to gather the evidence in just a few days to determine whether or not this individual should be held for
we have is that you abandoned the metric of operation control and have not given us a border security index. let me quote from your hometown newspaper. there was an editorial. wantssident obama immigration reform, he needs to put pressure on janet a. napolitano. have ancy has failed to simple standard for measuring border security, a project the department of homeland security started in 2010, but apparently has not worked up much of a sweat. unfortunately, one of your people testify to the house, said that mr. burke rc -- he -- that it will be a tool for the measurement you are suggesting. there was a very scathing report about the failure of establishing metrics. do you intend to come forth in a farmer transparent manner -- far more unsparing manner with a border security index? manner with at border index? >> there are so many ways to measure the border. the definition did not encompass all of the ways you could look at the border. -- is a let's look at border a safe and secure area? it, thatou got into is a much more difficult question to answer than it is to ask. there are a whol
, there was a conversation between vladimir putin and president obama on friday night, a pledge of more cooperation. but the fact is, that over the past few years, there has not been a whole lot of cooperation between the russian security services and our intelligence services. >> no. and let's be honest about what's going on in chechnya. under mr. putin, there have been horrendous human rights violations in chechnya. the country has been occupied and brutalized by russian forces for the last decade and more. that's not to excuse chechen terrorism. the chechen terrorists have carried out absolutely horrible acts of terror against movie houses, against schools, but what we've seen in chechnya is a growing radicalization of the population under the oppression that they're getting from russia. and it's difficult in that kind of environment for security exchange to not be politicized sooner or later. we know what's going on in check nia. our fbi, our c.i.a. know what's going on in chechnya. when they get information from the russian service, they should look at that information and decide does it actua
brettlor, thank you. >> thanks. >>> president obama spoke from the white house briefing room just after 6:00 tonight, about three hours after the explosions. >> i direct the federal government to help state and local authorities to protect our people, increased security as necessary and investigate what happened. i want to reiterate, we will find out who did this and we will hold them accountable. >> msnbc news white house correspondent kristen welker. chris ten, what is the latest reaction from the white house and the white house staff? >> reporter: well, senior administration officials say the president will continue to be updated on this situation throughout the evening. right now, they are approaching this as an act of terror. i'll read the latest statement. any event with multiple devices as this clearly is is clearly an act of terror and will be approached as an act of terror. a thorough investigation will happen. was this an act of terror carried out by a foreign or do mystic group? you heard president obama make the point of whoever carried this out will be prosecuted to the fulle
, and interviewed two men. security has been increased in other major cities, including new york and los angeles. from the white house, president obama pledged to hunt down those responsible. >> make no mistake, we will get to the bottom of this and we will find out who did this. we'll find out why they did this. any responsible individuals, any responsible groups will feel the full weight of justice. >> reporter: monday was patriots day in massachusetts, and the boston marathon is usually a day of celebration. for many, it will now be remembered as a day of shock, sorrow, and terror. with regard to that search warrant in revere, massachusetts, we're told there are no suspects. they talked to a few individuals. they'll be talking to a lot of people, the fbi noting that we may talking to you, your neighbor and your friends. to get to the bottom of this. people running public transit here, are being met some times by random searches. >> we'll be speaking to some eyewitnesss to this tragedy in a up coof minutes. >>> savannah, more coverage to you. we'll get to nbc justice correspondent pete william
. >>> president obama made it clear today the bombings in boston are being investigated as an act of terrorism and the fbi was just as clear asking the public for help. joining me now also cnn national security analyst fran townsend, and tom fuentes. first of all, julia, what do you make of these photos the local affiliate had that show what looks like some sort of a from today, which is something that was wrapped in black and was delivered by a bag. and that sort of was the first hint they think the guy was here, the perpetrators were on-site and they dropped something. all of this seems consistent. on the other hand, it's too hard to tell, at least, from the two different slides we saw if, in fact, it was something behind the spectators and that piece sort of blew up with it. but that's the kind of information they need. what we're hearing is they have photos of say, here, and photos of here, but they don't have is right in the middle. do they have a picture of a guy dropping something or several people dropping something. that's why they're asking the public for the information and the medi
say they have spot add suspect in monday's bombing for the boston marathon from reviewing security video to department store, though. and this is important, no arrests have been made. and this comes as president obama is heading to boston today to attend a memorial service for the bombing victims. scott cohen is in boston with the latest. he rejoins us now. scott, i understand mitt romney, as well, may be there. what kinds of security measures are taking place? >> well, there remains heavy security in and around boston, kelly, in light of what happened this week. and, obviously, ahead of this visit. i should point out there is not a suspect as far as the authorities are concerned. certainly someone they are interested in talking to. you know, there is an interesting attitude here in boston now in the wake of all this. a sign on one of the buildings that i saw on the way over here that says boston doesn't blink. training for 2014 begins now. there's a lot of talk about resill cans, but also a lot of grief and that is all going to be brought together at the cathedral of the holy cros
, independent line. caller: yes. i was trying to figure out what you said when you said that the social security fund had not been touched by the government, and when president obama cut the rate from 6.4 to 4.2, and then he said that the government would make up the difference. where did the money come from that went to the government? to me, the politicians, especially lifetime politicians, speak twice and you have to listen to what they say, because our government had to replace that money spent money had to come out of the government somewhere. guest: that's right. i think you must have misread what i said earlier when i was talking about touching social security. what i was talking about was whether it ought to be on the table as we discussed our nation's debt and deficit. the reason i think it should not be on the table during that debate is that the social security program right now is solvent, and it is not contributing to our nation's deficit and debt, so why we should be looking at making policy changes there when we are trying to tackle our deficit and debt sort of -- it is frustratin
mccain is a lindsay graham said it is vital questioned.be d homeland security leader janet napolitano said the cuffed of the suspect is a big development. president obama also responded to the capture earlier tonight from the white house briefing room. >> reminding everything -- everybody that this investigation doesn't end here. there's a lot of work to be one. >> good evening, everybody. tonight, our nation is in debt to the people of boston and the people of massachusetts. after a vicious attack on their city, bostonians responded with resolve and determination. they did their part as sises and partners in this investigation. boston police and state police and local police across the commonwealth of massachusetts responded with professionalism and bravery over five long days and tonight because of their determined efforts, we've closed an important chapter in this tragedy. i've been briefed earlier this evening by f.b.i. director mueller. after the attacks on monday, i directed the full resources of the federal government to be made available to help state and local authorities in
senators, who care about national security, who have a very strong view about enemy combatant status, but the obama administration has tremendous experience in the prosecution of terrorist suspects. they've looked at this issue and i'm completely confident they're going to do it through a federal court and you're not going to see the enemy combatant issue become a major issue for the obama administration. >> roger, the fact they are putting this special safety categorization right now, the saturday for the greater community, how long can that last? is there a time frame in which it will expire and they must mirandize him, get him an attorney if he wants one? >> well, i trust what pete williams says on these things and there is a period of time, 36 to 48 hours. it's somewhat fudgible. it will defend when aware enough and coherent enough to begin to answer questions. but remember, the exception is about imminent threat. does he know of any other terrorist plots? has he planted any other devices? it's about the immediate safety and security of american citizens. and once law enforcement
and having protected barack obama, do you think as a matter of course being the boston marathon that they had bomb sniffing dogs prayer to the marathon? >> right, but we are assuming the bombs were placed there today when the security cordon was set up. but what if you got in before it was set up and pro placed an explosive. pennsylvania avenue doesn't have any devices but when he walked down we had the entire cordon set up. so don't assume they were put there today. >> what would be the process, then, as it relates to law enforcement when they have a big crowd like this? i assume you have to have bomb sniffing dogs going in and out at some point, right? >> right. but what we would do in the secret service and i don't know how practical for an event like the marathon, you have to clean the area out first. sweep it with the dogs, the explosives personnel from the military would look for becomes and everybody who came back in would then be swept through a magnitometer. there's no way to do that on 26 miles. >> almost impossible. i'll ask you the question i was asking a law enforcement earlier,
, president obama was briefed on this situation overnight by his homeland security adviser, lisa monnaco, and he just wrapped up in the situation room. he's been briefed on the situation throughout the week but again, right now he's meeting with members of his cabinet and earlier today met with his national security team. so clearly we are seeing a heightened situation in boston and that is reflective at the white house as well. pennsylvania avenue has been closed off to foot traffic ever since this bombing first happened on monday. it continues to be closed off to foot traffic. the secret service saying that is out of an abundance of caution. but clearly the district of columbia on heightened alert. >> kristen, thank you. i should add a point of caution, coming from chuck todd who says this meeting was previously scheduled. so what is unclear at the moment is whether they're coming because of boston marathon attack. investigation obviously will be a subject of conversation, but i want to clarify that because it's significant. vladimir putin has sent his condolences as well. so no questi
of people hurt in the boston marathon bombings. first lady michelle obama visited him in the hospital yesterday. it's not clear when he will return home to the east bay. >>> and pg&e is beefing up security at its local substations after a facility was sabotaged. someone ed rifle to shootout five transformers at metcalf substation in south san jose on tuesday. pg&e says the extra security now is a precaution. >>> here's brian with the forecast and i think we're all going to like it, too. >> i think you will, as well. we have some haze around the bay area this morning. you can see that as we look out toward the skyline of san francisco. it's there, believe me. but that's the view from oakland. a little inversion layer means temperatures at the shoreline will cool down. it's 48 in pacifica, 51 livermore. but livermore gains 30 degrees today. forecast high there of 81. 72 oakland. 77 redwood city. 81 in san jose. 65 in the city. look ahead, mid-80s will do it inland. 70s around the bay and along the coast it will be a nice mild week and traffic is coming up next. ,,,,,,,,,,,, >>> good mo
, if he's found not guilty, it should be guilty one way or the other. secur partly the problem because they did not in their running thing homeland security let them down. one way or another, this man ought to be in the white house with obama and see what happens. host: ray from maryland. one other story we want to point out for you. we talked about the bush library that's opening this week. here's a story from "usa today" -- you can watch that library dedication on thursday on c- span. boston story on the bomber, and jason from illinois next on the independent line. good morning. if he is don't care convicted or is an enemy , as long as not they prove his guilt and take care of business on it. host: thanks for the call. up next, we will dcuss immigration policy in the wake of the boston bombing and how it has changed since the september 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. later, on the federal health care law, we will talk about how people will shop for insurance fraud in the federal and state- run exchanges. the op for insurance on federal and state-run exchanges. >> she was very bright, ver
discovered that the obama administration is using a prison that is hidden in the basement of somalia's national security service and cia operatives are actually interrogating suspected militants, this group affiliated with al qaeda. and they're also engaged in renditions. snatching people from places like kenya and taking them to third world countries. one of the first executive orders saying i'm shutting all this stuff down. we've seen cosmetic change. no longer running their own sites in poland and thailand and elsewhere, but they're using other countries to do it. the program started under bill clinton. and the way it would work then, you would take these people and send them to egypt for mubarak's agents to portugal. >> which actually is you just said torture. we talked -- we call torture by american standards is called child's play by egypt standard under mubarak or talk about somalia. actually, the rendition and the results of it are far more brutal in third countries, third party countries than they ever were. >> that's why i the u.s. did it so you can say, well, we're not tor
the security cameras they have downloaded. >> john miller, thank you. >>> another terror scare may be over. mississippi man is under arrest, accused of trying to send ricin to president obama and senator wicker. paul kevin occcurt >>> the weather looks nice in the bay area today. as we look live toward the tallest skyscraper in san francisco, the transamerica pyramid, and plenty of blue out there. the numbers start out chilly with 41 in santa rosa, 43 at livermore and 47 in san jose. we warm up from there to 77 in san jose and 69 in the city. and the extended forecast look at what happens. the numbers warm into the mid- 80s by early next week. looks like a good beach weekend, as well. enjoy it. happened in texas to the oklahoma bombing. we'll show you the possible toxic health risk. >>> gun control is blocked in the u.s. senate and the president is furious. >> this was a pretty shameful day for washington. >> we'll look at why the white house couldn't get enough support from democrats. >>> and a surprise arrest in the murder of two prosecutors. details on the woman who could face the death
and members of the obama administration. this is the first time a british monarch has been present at the funeral of a british prime minister since the death in 1965 of sir winston church hill. extra security was in place after the boston marathon bombings. >>> new gun control legislation is in doubt after votes are scheduled in just hours now. kyla campbell has more. >> reporter: senators are scheduled to vote on nine different pieces of legislation starting at 1:00 pacific. we're 25eubging a live look -- taking a live look at the floor right now where dianne feinstein has been speaking. she thanked those who have been supporting her legislation. >> i'm grateful for the willingness to step up, show courage and do what's right for america. >> feinstein sponsors an amendment that would ban assault weapons and limit the size of magazines. that's not expected to get enough votes to pass. there are other amendments including some dealing with mental health. the main bill in the spotlight is the bipartisan plan to expand background checks to include seales online and at fun shows. some
precautions for an event like that with extra security but they had no idea -- there were no threats ahead of time. no intelligence that this event might be targeted. >> obama: we certainly increase posture around a big event like this. all of those things happened in preparation for this event but there was no specific intelligence that anything was going to happen. >> bill: what can we draw from this? i would love to get your thoughts on it. 1-866-55-press. it certainly is a reminder that, you know, we are not safe, not even here in our own soil, in our own homeland. particularly post-september 11th, it is a reminder there are people both here in this country and around the world who don't like us, don't like what we stand for don't like who we are. we'll take advantage of every opportunity to do harm to us. it also -- i think we saw again yesterday, the real heroism on the part of so many people. and the only silver lining to this event it seems to me was that there were so many of the runners had already finished, right? maybe 2/3 of the runners, i heard, had already finished the race.
leventhal is live about a mile away at the cathedral from the holly cross where president obama spoke earlier at a memorial service for the victims. rick? >> and megyn, we haven't heard an update on the investigation from the fbi since tuesday. but today we heard from homeland security secretary janet napolitano who cautioned that this isn't a tv crime show where incidents are solved in an hour but she confirmed that investigators are very carefully looking at photos and video clips from personal phones, tv footage and surveillance cameras and that footage according to other sources clearly shows suspect placing one of the scene gf explodes. the secretary though tampered expectations. >> there is some video that has raised the question of those that the fbi would like to speak with. i wouldn't characterize them as suspects under the technical term. but we need the public's help in locating these individuals. >> and today here at the cathedral of the holy cross. the president and first lady and numerous dignitaries gathered for a service it to help this city heal. paying tribute to vic
trying to get some of those questions answered immediately. president obama doesn't have anything on his public schedule today, but i am told that he will be in contact with his national security team when needed to get briefed on the ongoing investigation into not only what motivated these two brothers but also into whether they had any accomplices, and those are some of the questions, some of the first questions that they're going to want to resolve. so president obama, craig, was very careful not to come out last night and address the public until there had been an arrest, until he felt as though he had all of the information, but he was being briefed behind the scenes here. he had a briefing with his entire national security team in the situation room and then again with a smaller group of top advisers in the oval office. during that meeting he placed phone calls boston mayor tom menino and massachusetts governor deval patrick. so there's a lot going on behind the scenes as the white house continues to monitor what is an ongoing investigation, ongoing situation, but there is no doubt
condition. president obama now says the bombings are being treated as an act of terror. the boston police commissioner says no one is in custody in connection with the bombings. the f.b.i. refuses comment. and security beefed up for the new york stock exchange in wake of the bombing ones and cheryl is there for the hour. cheryl? cheryl: dennis, hello and yes, it is frankly, a normal looking day anyway here in front of the new york stock exchange. security as it always is at the stock exchange is tight. tourists from around the world, every day coming to the site but today is a different day for those focused on what happened in boston. here in new york city, mayor bloomberg making a point to say he's going to put 1,000 extra counterterrorism officers around the streets of manhattan. there's extra security here, in times square, at the train stations, the airports in the new york area all because this city knows all too well what it is like to be attacked. there's been 16 known terror plots foiled between september 2001 and today. the most recent, october of 2012 so this city on high alert
to the middle east. this man's job when he was at the secret service -- protect president obama with 1.8 million people on the washington mall gathered for his first inauguration. >> you can't guarantee anything. all you do in the field of security is reduce the probe ability of an event like this to something so miniscule if something does happen your response element afterward is enough to keep the casualties to a minimum. >> many americans have grown tired of war, tsa checkpoints and heavy security at sporting events. former national director of counterterrorism says the threat remains very real. >> if this turns out to be either domestic or international terrorism it will remind people of the difficulty of the tasks that we have been working against over the past ten years. >> reporter: experts say that while we can certainly prevent and address more security issues than we did before 9/11, trying to protect a soft target like a marathon is just increasingly difficult and they point out that a terrorist only has to find the weakest, softest point and attack there. of course that's where we'r
to approach the standoff. >> stephanie: boy, security has been incredible between all of this going on now, and the president was there speaking about the boston marathon victims. >> obama: yes, we will find you and yes, you will face justice. we will find you. we will hold you accountable, but more than that, our fidelity to our way of life to a free and open society will only grow strong stronger god has not given us the spirit of fear, but one of power and love and self discipline. >> stephanie: if you just tuned in, we're with david shuster from current tv and the first suspect has been killed the second one as far as we know is holed up in a house. the city -- david what does that mean that boston is on lockdown? what does that mean exactly? >> earlier this morning and this would be longer than two hours ago. and police seem to have focused on this one particular complex or block in watertown, but before that, police asked that the entire city be shutdown, that they stop public transportation, buses, trains, shut down the airports all essentially to try to freez
the bombs exploded seconds apart. president obama calling it an act of terror but saying no group foreign or domestic claimed responsibility for the attack. at this point, joining me now is jeffrey deedee, a security consultant, trained with boston police s.w.a.t. team. thank you for being with us. what we know now about the bomb, apparently in a pressure cooker device, both devices hidden in a backpack, low to the ground, perhaps placed on the street. what do you make of what you're hearing about the devices? >> well, i'm alarmed by what i'm hearing about the devices, because i stand -- i got back last year after nine months in afghanistan, and these pressure cookers are a tactic, technique that is used by the taliban and by al qaeda in afghanistan. very effective weapons, they try to pick the pressure cookers up wherever they can, and they use them to make their ieds. and quite concerned that this is a ttt as they call it in the military that -- >> ttp. >> tactic, technique and -- but the ttp -- procedures -- things of the taliban that we're now seeing here. that doesn't mean it was the
to president obama, our condolences, but also offering russia's assistance in any type of investigation. and today, the father of those two suspects did tell cnn that he was questioned by russian security services and then released. wolf? >> the father being in dagistan, that's actually part of russia. so president putin would be in charge of that whole area. so if he wants to order the father to be questioned by law enforcement, that is easily done in dagistan. >> that's true. and that whole area of chechnya, again, i think it's important to note that that is a very, and has been for years, a very violent area. and one of the suspects did say, if you had come from a place like that, terrorism might not be that important. so i think that's a significant kind of indication of what we're dealing with. >> jill dougherty reporting for us, thanks very much. michael bouchard is joining us now, formerly with the bureau of alcohol, tobacco and firearms in washington, atf. what do you make of the latest developments, mr. bouchard? on the one hand, it's very perplexing that a 19-year-old who runs
. juliette kayyem is here, our homeland security analyst, columnist for "the boston globe." jake tapper is here, anchor for "the lead." the last -- >> november 29th mitt romney came to the white house. had a private meal with president obama, a lunch in the private dining room. they talked about the future of the country. they had a conversation that was pretty much kept off the record. and talking about romney talking about ideas he had for the country and things he wanted to have done had he been elected. this will be the first time they've been together since that moment. it's moments like these that really put aside partisan labels. and you have democrats, republicans, coming together and not even thinking about politics. >> no politics on this day. mitt romney is there. there are democrats, republicans, but they're bostonians, they're people from massachusetts. first and foremost, their hearts go out to those who have suffered. >> today is about obviously remembering what happened monday. but it's also, i sort of also view it as preparing people for what might happen in the days an
was briefed overnight as this situation developed by his homeland security and counterterrorism adviser lisa monaco. the white house is in very close contact with the fbi, as well. while the white house is monitoring the situation right now, don't expect president obama or the white house is really be interjected into this at this point. obviously this is very much an evolving situation. a fast-moving situation. we're not really expecting to hear anything of substance from the white house, i would say, until this sort of comes to a conclusion. again, president obama up to date overnight, and this morning on what's going on there in boston. in newtown. he will continue to monitor the events there. >> all right, thank you very much, brianna keilar at the white house for us this morning. again, president obama just here yesterday lifting the spirits of boston as part of that memorial service. very different morning as the manhunt for one of the suspects is very much under way. >> to bring you up to speed, there is a manhunt under way for one of the two suspects in the boston marathon terrorist
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